Trek For Troops Great War Challenge 2020
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Take on this epic 89km hike through the WWI battlefields of Belgium and Northern France visiting iconic cemeteries and memorials walking from Albert to Ypres.
Trek for Troops
Thu 25th Jun 2020
London, United Kingdom
Where and when
Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ, UK
Trek for Troops:9:00am
Day 1 - London - Albert
Meet outside the Imperial War Museum, London, for registration and a tour of the museum's WWI galleries. Catch a coach to Albert, France - the location of the Battle of the Somme.
Day 2 - Albert - Arras
After breakfast in Albert, transfer to Bazentine where the trek will begin. Hike to the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, stopping on the way at several cemetaries and historic sites such as the Red Dragon Memorial in Death Valley, and the Lochnagar Crater, learning more about these sites on the way. From Thiepval, walk along the historical front of the Somme, stopping in Beaumont Hamel and Hawthorne Ridge amongst other sites before finishing Hébuterne and transferring to Arras by coach.
Day 3 - Arras - Ypres
Begin the day by transferring to the German Military Cemetery at Neuville St. Vaast, before following country lanes to the steep hill of the Mont St Eloi, by the river Scarpe. Take in the panorama of Vimy Ridge before finishing the morning by climbing to the Notre Dame de Lorette, the largest French military cemetary in the world. Lunch here, then visit the L'anneau de la mémoire before trekking to Vimy and the Canadian Memorial. After a long day of trekking, transfer to the Belgium city of Ypres.
Day 4 - Langemark - Ypres
After breakfast transfer to the Welsh National Memorial Park in Langemark, and then follow a route through farmland, stopping off at the Harry Patch Memorial on the way to lunch at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele. After lunch trek through the Polygon Woods, passing century old preserved bunkers, before arriving at the Buttes New British Cemetary and the Black Watch Corner Memorial. Finish the afternoon by hiking to Talbot House to visit the cemetary, museum, and amazingly preserved trenches. Tonight all participants will receive their finishers medal at a dinner in Ypres.
Day 5 - Ypres - London
Transfer back to London by coach.
- Finishers medal
- Accommodation on all nights
- All meals excluding lunch on days 1 and 5
How to get there
Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ, UKGet full directions
Address: Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ, UK
Train: The two closest tube stations to the IWM are Lambeth North (Bakerloo Line), and Elephant and Castle (Northern Line, Bakerloo Line).
Bus: The IWM is served by the 148, 159, 168, 344, 360, and 59.
Event day logistics
Packets will be posted prior to the event start.
All participants will pay an initial £149 deposit, before either self funding a further £850 or raising £1700 for a charity of their choice.
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This event is not open to spectators.
- Waterproof hiking clothing
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Re-useable water bottle or alternative hydration system
Will I have to carry all my gear on the Trek For Troops Great War Challenge 2020?
No, there will be porters on the Trek For Troops Great War Challenge 2020, you will still need to carry a day pack, though.
How fit do I need to be to take part in the Trek For Troops Great War Challenge 2020?
You should be reasonably fit by the start of the Trek For Troops Great War Challenge 2020. A training plan will be sent to all participants following booking.
Will there be a doctor on the Trek For Troops Great War Challenge 2020?
There will be two doctors travelling with the group on the Trek For Troops Great War Challenge 2020.
How old to I need to be to participate in the Trek For Troops Great War Challenge 2020?
All participants should be at least 18 years old on the first day of the Trek For Troops Great War Challenge 2020.
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